Head for the hills with new phone app

The new Belfast Hills app is available now.
The new Belfast Hills app is available now.

A new smartphone app has made it easier than ever to get out and about in the Belfast Hills this summer.

The free app, developed by the Belfast Hills Partnership, gives people all the information they need to access the upland sites, enjoy the trails on offer and get up-to-date information on all the events happening throughout the year.

The new app lists every public walk on the main Belfast Hills sites including Divis & Black Mountain, Cave Hill Country Park, Carnmoney Hill and Slievenacloy.

People can save their favourite walks, share maps and information, and find out which walks will suit their abilities.

“This is a perfect fusion of technology with the outdoors and is part of our aim to make the hills more accessible, and so reconnecting the urban population to the hills on their doorstep,” said the Partnership’s Lizzy Pinkerton.

“The Belfast Hills is such a wonderful and free resource with fantastic wildlife and heritage, and now there’s no excuse not to get out and discover the sites.”

The smartphone app, funded by the Rural Development Programme, Ulster Garden Villages, NIEA and Heritage Lottery, is available from Google Play and the Apple App Store.